Table of Contents
- The Best Plus Size Clothing Brands in the UK
- My Favourite Plus-Size Clothing Stores in the USA
- What is considered plus size in the UK?
- What to look for in plus size fashion?
- How to find the top plus size clothing brands
Last Updated on 26th September 2023
Shopping for plus size clothing brands can be an overwhelming experience when trying to find the right style that fits and compliments your beautiful body shape. As a naturally curvaceous woman, I tend to shop online, buy multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit. So for curvy women like me, here are the labels I use and love to steer you in the right direction.
The difference between female plus sized clothing and regular sizes is often a topic of discussion and this sizing classification varies between my native USA and the UK where I’m currently residing, and well as there being no firm agreement across brands.
The average British woman is 5ft 5 inches tall and weighs 11 stone, with a dress size of UK 16 with a 36DD bra size. And let that sink in my body confident queens in waiting. While you are likely stressing about your weight and body shape, base yourself on the average and not what you see on social media. Be body confident and own your style!
Finding apparel with inclusive sizing for the curvy lady, in general, can be difficult to find if you are not looking for it specifically too. There is nothing more heart-breaking than finding the perfect dress and then seeing that it’s not sold in your size.
Also, a dedicated plus size fashion range will focus on style, designs and colour with body shape in mind. Ensuring your go-to outfits are not reliant on spandex pants all the time.
So here are some of the best plus-size brands for women; stylish and affordable without sacrificing quality or style.
The Best Plus Size Clothing Brands in the UK
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As always look out for sale products for an extra discount. These are high-street rather than luxury fashion brands which are only now starting to embrace inclusive sizing. Versace have used plus-size model Precious Lee, who has also graced the cover of Vogue.
Boohoo Plus – Sizes up to XXXL and UK 30
If you love fashion but don’t have a huge spending budget, it might be time to shop at Boohoo. The site offers new outfits each week at budget-friendly prices and it a great plus size fit shop.
If you’re looking for fashionable pieces that are affordable, Boohoo is a great place to go. With Maternity as well as more tall and plus-size options, there’s something for everyone. If you’re on a date night or just want an update your wardrobe without breaking the bank, get ready with the new arrivals at Boohoo to stay on trend and fabulous.
One of my favourite oversized hoodie is from Boohoo and I practically live in it with a t-shirt bra underneath. And my recent green tapered trousers purchase is turning heads and getting compliments.
Ulla Popken – Sizes up to XXXL and UK 30
For more than 20 years, the German label has been internationally known for its quality, fit and pricing in large sizes. Covering sporty, elegant, comfortable and feminine the styles are great for the summer season. The sizing can be European but they do have a handy size guide, plus we have covered the UK-USA-EU conversion below too.
I buy my swimwear from here and just love the colourful designs and matching sets with either bikini bottoms or printed shorts. They ship from the UK but do not offer free returns which is something to consider.
Asos Curve – Sizes up to UK 38
If you are a plus size lady and need a place to buy fashionably designed clothes at rock bottom prices, ASOS Curve collection is the one for you. It features so many great new style designers for voluptuous ladies plus it sells its own brand at ridiculously low prices. It’s truly a one-stop online shop for affordable and fashionable plus size clothing collection that includes bridesmaid and wedding dresses and glamorous evening wear.
You’ll get to browse thousands of fashion and lingerie and hosiery items in extended sizes (7,696 products at the time of writing) at the biggest online fashion retailer including popular brands such as Boohoo, New Look and River Island.
Basically at Asos you will have no issue finding top brands that stock maxi dress, nightwear, underwear, pyjamas, cropped trousers, jumpers, t-shirts, trainers, socks, sandals, vests, bodysuits, dressing gowns, jeans, jumpsuits, smocks, shirt dresses, hoodies, tights, cardigans, sweatshirts, tracksuits, playsuits, and accessories like sunglasses, necklaces and scarves. They also often have a sale so some great bargains to be had.
New Look Curve – Sizes from UK 16 to 32
Plus size fashion has become more and more accessible as New Look has developed its Curves collection, which offers a huge range of affordable neutrals and wardrobe essentials for the curve clothing market. Their prices are affordable, making them a great option for those looking to update their daily outfits or get travel and beach ready.
Make sure to check out their shoes in the curve range too, they have a choice that will fit comfortably and are designed to match the fashion on the site. I tend to purchase my shoes here and my treasured denim jacket.
SimplyBe – Sizes from UK 12 to 32
Simply Be stocks a diverse range of gorgeous and fashionable pieces in different sizes and is a dedicated women’s plus size retailer. They offer fabulous tops, coats, tees, denim jeans, blouses, shorts, skirts, dresses, jackets, activewear, lingerie and swimwear and much more for the woman who has curves-celebrating their size is central to the brand’s ethos.
The online store also has brands like Adidas, Levi’s, AX Paris, Monsoon and Figleaves so you can shop your perfect look from head to toe without disappointment.
River Island Plus – Sizes from UK 18 to 30
For 60 years, River Island has brought everyone in the UK fashionable items at affordable prices without compromising on quality. The Plus collection exclusively ranges on their website and offers casual and clubwear such as sleeveless and flattering dresses, comfortable joggers, wide leg trousers, and new prints that are perfect for your closet upgrade this year. My cherished slip dress was bought here.
There are limited styles compared to the bigger fast fashion retailers above, but it’s worth a look.
My Favourite Plus-Size Clothing Stores in the USA
Torrid Fashion – Sizes up to US 30
Torrid is an American plus size clothing company that delivers internationally to countries around the world. With international delivery from 10-20 business days, Torrid is popular amongst curvy bloggers on Instagram. They are using it to show off their shopping finds and more! I love them for their choice of models and embracing the curves and big cup size.
The site sells a wide range of fashionable clothing, from occasion wear and wedding dresses to athleisure and lingerie. They have sizes ranging from US sizes 10 to 30. The shoes, handbags and accessories are exceptional too which would be hard to find in other stores.
What is the size conversion for the UK and USA?
The UK is 2 sizes bigger than the US size, so a US 6 is a UK size 10.
|Women’s Clothing sizes UK-US-EU|
What is considered plus size in the UK?
There’s no universally agreed figure, and you need to bear in mind that the average clothing size is dress 16 anyway. Realistically, most clothing brands are putting sizes 16+ into their plus size range as part of the industry clothing size standards.
What to look for in plus size fashion?
When shopping for the best plus size clothing brands, there are some things that you should always consider other than the designer clothing price tag.
First, make sure that your clothing is going to fit properly and your new plus size dress does not look like a tent on you. Skinny jeans with elastic waistbands will often leave you with an unflattering silhouette (think muffin top). We want you to feel sexy and empowered, not body-conscious. That said, you can’t beat a pair of leggings and a hoodie with crop top for ease.
Second, know what type of fit you want in your clothing. Do you want loose, baggy comfort clothes? Or are you looking for designs that hug your curves? Look at other women’s choices before making your decision so that you’ll be able to find the right fit for your body type and lifestyle. And personally speaking, any barbed comment can sting deep and crush that body-beautiful feeling, so I use my assets to get the eyes where I want them.
Third, keep in mind that sometimes it’s better to invest in quality than quantity. Selecting a few pieces with high-quality fabrics will last longer and they won’t fall apart as quickly as cheaper options. If you purchase a top holiday holiday outfit it can be used for years to come.
Fourth, don’t forget about accessories! A great pair of shoes or jewellery can really make an outfit pop and add the finishing touch to any ensemble. It can also be the difference between casual and semi formal.
Lastly you know your body more than anyone else. If you hate your thighs like me, then a knee length midi dress should be a staple in your wardrobe so you can still look girly when you want.
How to find the top plus size clothing brands
When you’re looking for plus size clothes, the first thing you should do is look for brands that are popular. That way, you can have a better chance of finding their clothes in online shops or retailers near you if you like to sample the wears first.
There are some brands that are dedicated to creating plus size fashion and making it available to everyone. Some of these brands include Torrid, Boohoo Plus and Asos Curve. If those don’t work out for your style, there’s always the option of shopping from online brands or from your local clothing centre.
Another option when it comes to shopping for plus size clothes is finding smaller companies that offer quality clothing at reasonable prices. These companies often aren’t as well known as some of the major retailers but they make up for this with their great customer service and beautiful products with a range of sizing for clothing.
If all else fails and you can’t find what you’re looking for locally or online, try asking friends or family members if they know where to buy it. And don’t feel shy about stopping someone in the street and asking them where it was from, bonus points if you tell them how fab they look too. You’ll be surprised how many people know where to shop, and a compliment will make someone’s day.